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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Hued

By Alphonse Wiebelt
Posted: May 23, 2007, from the June 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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      Skin prep. Prep her skin with the correct amount of hydration to help keep her makeup looking fresh throughout the occasion. For normal skin types, lightweight eye creams and moisturizers work best. For drier skin types, treatment oils used before moisturizing will help restore and retain the skin’s moisture level. For oilier skin types, eye gels around the eye contour area and an oil-free hydrator designed to control shine is ideal.

       Eyes. Neutralize the upper eye area with an eye shadow primer to prolong shadow wear and prohibit creasing. Conceal and brighten under the eye area by mixing a concealer shade that is one shade lighter than her skin tone.

       Tone. Even out her complexion with foundation instead of completely covering up the skin. Mineral foundations work best for their long-wearing benefits and can take her from camera-ready through to the reception. Also, make sure to match a foundation shade to her neckline and shoulders. Nothing can ruin pictures more than having a pale face and tan shoulders.
        And for the most picture perfect look, apply a sheer application of mineral foundation that offers a natural, radiant finish over the entire face. Stay clear of highly reflective finishes, as these will not photograph well. Then spot-apply mineral foundation in the areas that need additional coverage, such as blemishes or hyperpigmentation, using a small brush or a finishing sponge. This will offer better coverage than using a cream concealer. Set foundation by using a hydrating mist generously.
        For the T-zone—across the forehead and down the center of the face around the nose and the mouth—finish by pressing on a sheer application of mineral foundation that offers a natural matte finish using a finishing sponge or makeup puff. This technique allows a natural glow for the complexion while removing hot spots, or shiny areas, in photos. For oilier skin types, use a mineral foundation with a natural matte finish only, and forgo the hydrating mist.

Shining moment
        Of course, it is more important to see the sparkle in her eyes and the smile on her lips than the makeup itself on the bride’s wedding day, so use these highlighting tips to help her shine her brightest.

       Enhance. Focus on her features—eyebrows, lashes and lips—to keep her from looking washed-out in both pictures and throughout the day. Enhance her natural bone structure by contouring with neutral matte shades that have a cool undertone—think pinkish browns and plums. These shades will look softer and more natural in photos.